Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ending The Year With Changes

"There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction." Winston Churchill

We are about to enter into a new year, change, changes, changing. Closing down the facebook page for the Fine Arts in the Valley group. The web site is now more of a parking page. It does have links to each artists web site and/or their e-mail address. Just in case someone comes across it and realizes they did not make it to that last show in October, 2015. Maybe, they want to find one of the artists, see what new works they are creating or something they wanted to buy. The information is out there you just need to do a little search.

"Every time I've made a radical change it's help me feel buoyant as an artist." David Bowie

Changes, help us move forward, look for and take new challenges. As an artist letting go of one show, does not mean we won't be making art. It is part of us, what we do, it keeps us at peace. With the new year there will be new work, new shows, new venues and new opportunities.

Now to go work on some of those changes! See ya next year!! 2016

Friday, December 25, 2015

A Walk In The Park

It is Christmas Day. Over the years it has been a busy day of running around. The last few years has been more relaxed. 

There are times when families all come together to celebrate the holidays. There are times when you come together as a family and celebrate those moments.

Celebrations, holidays, friends and family we each enjoy these days in our own way. Today after the gifts were opened, the coffee was gone and one movie down. We went for a walk in the park. It was a peaceful stroll. Not meant to be a hike or fall under the exercise category, just a lovely little walk. Tonight we will make warm drinks, sit by the fire pit and watch the full moon rise.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

In Preparation

The trees and plants are getting prepared for winter. Lightening the load of leaves to make room for buds that will bloom in the spring. 

I am kind of doing the same thing. Packing up art that will go to Arizona for winter and spring. Preparing work for spring shows on the east coast. You never know what work will get into what shows but you must decide and hold those works aside. These works lay dormant waiting to awaken - well be hung when the time comes. 

There are years when not a lot gets into juried shows and then there are the years when everything gets in plus you become featured artist. Not that this is a bad thing but it does keep you on your toes and working.

As I clean up the framing studio, ship off work here and there. It has a nice feeling of accomplishment. Now to get through the holidays and back in my studio to paint. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

All The Leaves Are...

Brown, pretty much gone, there are a few leaves still hanging on but winter is drawing near. I do not love the cold and snow. I do love the complex shapes trees offer when they are barren of leaves. 

I look out my window it is grey, the clouds are hanging low playing peek-a-boo with the mountains. In my backyard is a lovely sycamore tree, just a few brown leaves hang on near the top. A good wind will soon remove the last of them. To the side is a ginkgo - all of it's leaves are long gone. They still keep me entertained, the rain intensifies the colors of the bark. A great time to take a few close up pictures for details. Sometimes done from my backdoor with a zoom lens. Not only protecting the digital camera from the elements but that way I don't have to put on shoes to go outside. 

Today's holiday special is "Deep Roots" mixed medium 5x15 images framed to 7x22 framed, gallery price $375 during December free shipping within the continental U.S. and discounted to $200.00 with $50.00 going to the Arbor Day Foundation or a charity of your choice. 

If you are interested in purchasing this piece or something else you might have seen please email me at: lhp5536@aol.com 

It is hard to photograph work that is under glass but here is "Deep Roots" matted & framed.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Art of Giving

Today is Giving Tuesday, yesterday was Cyber Monday, Shop Small Business was Saturday and of course there was Black Friday.

It is December 1st - it is the season of being thankful for all we have and a time to give forward. Give to someone you love, give to a cause you believe in, give to the school you attended and maybe even give a little something to yourself. By giving to yourself, it does not mean you are being selfish, maybe take that moment to share a cup of coffee with a friend or a stranger.

For the month of December I like to spread the giving around. My children are older, my husband and I don't need a lot. I give art, especially those pieces that have touched someone. I send cards, they usually contain a message that a donation has been made in their name. It is a small thing, given from the heart and hopefully will keep the giving forward a future.

I will have several pieces on sale this month plus a percentage will go towards charities. If you purchase something in December, within the U.S. I will cover shipping. You can select a charity or I will let you know who I selected for a donation.

Today's piece is "Yellowstone" image is 5x15 framed to 12x22 mixed medium painting. Gallery price $375.00 - on sale for $200 and $50 of that will go to charity. Email me at lhp5536@aol.com if you would like to purchase this work.

Happy Giving, linda

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Seriously Autumn Outside My Doors

The leaves are mostly shades of browns or on the ground. Depending on the time of day or the sun peaking from behind clouds there is still intense colors to be found. 

My favorite color is cerelian blue, and close second sienna brown. I love the two in combination. I personally think no one mixes colors together better than Mother Nature. At times she throws everything in her paint palette for sunrises and sunsets. 

I was going to write about the varies shades of browns this time of year but found the light was what I was really capturing. Between my front door and back the sky was dramatically different. Taking photos of leaves within seconds the light had shifted and so too the color that we see. Color is all about the light.

Even if you can not perceive color, you still have an amazing range of gray tones. Some days the overcast skies creates those shades for all to enjoy. I love a cloudy sky but even more so when the sun adds to the contrast.

I have one of the long format pieces almost done. It has lots of blues and browns. Will try to get that posted soon until then here are a few photos outside my windows.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Art of Science

Today is World Science Day. The sciences and the arts are very closely related. Both fields should have an open mind. There are times you need to wait for the results, to see if the experiment worked. Documenting results, what mixed with what gave you X - oh my does that sound like algebra? 

Artists study the science of the eye. They study color theory and botany. Grey's Anatomy is shared by medical professional and artists as a reference to the human body.

Think Leonardo DiVinci, known as a Renaissance Man because of his scientific approach to the arts. Look at his writings, his notebooks and even his murals. You may not understand the language in his journals. Look closely at the beauty beyond what is on the surface. The scientific sketches that go along with his research.

In the sciences the art of discripition is important but sometimes one picture is worth a thousand words.

Images found on scared - text.com

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Windows Of Opportunities

This fall I have felt like I kept missing my windows of opportunities. The weather has not been so great to get out and do plein air work. Nor walk around and take photos of beautiful trees. I had hoped to walk around the Virginia Tech campus. They are known for the beautiful trees. There are even some white oaks that are over 300 years old.

I discovered a new word today - dendrology: the scientific study of trees. There is a web site and an app you can download. http://www.dendro.cnre.vt.edu They are on FB too. Lots of info on those trees with or without leaves. Now if only I could find where the shadows are hiding, I might get some nice photos of sycamore bark or reflections in Duck Pond.

Hahn Garden VT Campus "Flying Dragon: Poncirus trifoliata

Old White Oak in Stadium Woods

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Golden Ginkgo

The Ginkgo sets it's clock to change color and drop all it's leaves pretty quickly. It must be in a hurry to start hibernating. The ginkgo is one of Marilu's favorite trees. She has used the leaf in her art work on many occasions. I too enjoy this fan shaped leaf. It has appeared in monotypes and bookmaking projects.

This time of year makes it almost impossible to not take photos of trees, leaves or bend over to pick up a leaf for that collection you started as a child. Those leaves I have in-between pages of old phone books, become a piece of art. The leaf front and center in handmade paper. Floating in a glass frame, to me, there is very little that is more elegant. 

Once the rains stop I plan to hike around, take more photos and find a few prefect leaves. Maybe a skeleton leaf will find it's way into my stash.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Going The Distance

Here or there, which way to go? I will be dropping off work that will be displayed at the NOMA gallery over the next few months. I currently have work in the Scottsdale Artists School Gallery with the AZ Pastels Artists Association, juried fall show. Will be checking in with The Little Gallery at Smith Mountain Lake for a small works show they have coming up in November. Plus, there may be a few other art exchanges/displays going on this fall.

When all the work is dispersed I can take inventory and submit some images to the gallery in Cottonwood, AZ for consideration. Thinking ahead to the winter and spring of 2016, what shows are coming up and what direction will my work go and take. The work does travel. I am not so patiently waiting to see what the next take on my work will discover.

November looks to be very busy this year. Before I know it, I will be in AZ getting my studio ready for workshops, paper making looks to be shaping up for February. Some artists talks are on the books. No solo shows to start the year off but there are some in the distance. Already planning the year ahead  so many wonderful adventures await!


One Point Prespective

Today's blog is not a lesson in drawing or painting. One point perspective is a strong design element but for me today it is a state of mine. 

Which direction do I go next? Not only physically in life but with my art. Do I move along a fairly direct path? Look to see what might be directly over the horizon. Possibly travel along the fence line over hill and dale? Do I look at what is right in front of me, the small things, the details? Maybe, I look way beyond what I general observe allowing my vision to take me somewhere in a soft hazy distance.

Life and art are always full of choices, options. The path we take is all our own. It can be that one point along the horizon, or several points in the sky. Wish me luck as I look to travel new bye-ways. 

Saying good-bye today to Fine Arts in the Valley but art will still be around as too my friends.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Falling Into The Shadows

Fall is well underway, I do love the light this time of year. The sky is richer in color.  The morning has a soft misty quality that has intrigued me for years. Let's not forget the leaves and trees. They give us one last breath of color before the winter rest. 

After the recently frost the leaves are not only changing quickly but falling too. I do love drawing the structure of a barren tree. If you are so inclined, I will be doing a couple demos of trees this weekend. 

Starting Friday come on by NOMA gallery from 4-8 437 N. Market St., Fred., MD I will be working on one of the long tall tree pieces. Saturday and Sunday I will have the easel set up at the Fine Arts in the Valley show from 11-5. 6219 Harley Rd., Middletown, MD

Come on out enjoy the autumn colors along the historic city streets and the country back roads. Bring your camera and your sketchbook!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Crisp - Cool -Chilies

Chilly - Cold - these first two words in the title could apply to descriptions of art. The last couple describe what the temperature is at the moment. Temperatures can be applied to art too, warm colors, cool colors.

We will be hanging out at the barn today with the barn cats, surrounded by color, inside with nice warm coffee brewing and outside the trees are glowing in this crisp fall air. The cows are all cozy in the pasture, you might see goats and horses along the country road. If you don't see the eagles, falcons, owls or other birds cruising over head - come in see what creations we have captured from our sightings.
Fine Arts in the Valley at Country Pleasures Farm 6219 Harley Rd., Middletown, MD (sponsored by Willow Oaks Craft Cider and Wine) Open today 11:00-5:00

Friday, October 16, 2015

Art Happenings

This weekend is the opening to Fine Arts in the Valley. Saturday, October 17th from 11-5. Located at Country Pleasures Farm & Orchard Event Barn, 6219 Harley Rd., Middletown, MD.
It looks to be a great fall weekend. The crisp air, the colors in the trees, blue skies prefect for a nice country drive to the oldest organic farm in MD to see great art. There will be sculpture, fiber arts, hand spun yarn, scratchboard, photography, pastels, oils paintings, handmade books, pottery and jewelry. You won't want to miss this show as it is the last year we will be here as the FAV group. The show is two weekend 17-18 and 24-35! 
While you are out driving around this is the last weekend and artist reception at the Historic Bureell-Morgan Mill 3 Tannery Lane, Millwood, VA. 
If you are in the Frederick area you can stop by the newest gallery in downtown NOMA gallery at the corner of 5th and Market, 437 N. Market St., Fred., MD. Hours Friday 4-8, Saturday 12-8. I will be at the gallery on the 23rd doing a pastel demo from 4-8.
It is going to be a beautiful weekend, come on by for a visit. Shop local, support your friendly artists!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Artsy Pros and Dark Cons

I have not had much opportunity to write the blog lately. That got me thinking of the downside of being so busy - the dark cons of art. I spent yesterday up to my ears in bubble wrap and boxes. Packing up the art for the Fine Arts in the Valley show opening Saturday. Today packing it all in the car. Once I get to Country Pleasures Event Barn - unpack the car after a nice long drive.

On the pro side of things, fall colors along hwy 81, when I get there some of the other artists will already be working. They will help set up display panels, tables, shelves and turn it into our gallery space for the next two weekends. 

It looks to be a wonderful autumn weekend, crisp air, colors are popping in the trees, time for those ugly sweaters to come out and time to start thinking about the holidays. Another pro beautiful art work at great prices, special sales and give a-ways. I love seeing our return clients - our friends and our family coming by to enjoy the day at the oldest organic farm in Maryland. So, come on by, pick up something special for someone special or treat yourself to that piece of art you have always wanted. 

There are always more pros than cons. Even the cons have a touch of pleasure as I see art work finished in frames, hanging ready for sale. Take some time this weekend or next to enjoy the season and help us make this a grand finale to the Fine Arts in the Valley. Oh, another pro, you just might see the mated pair of bald eagles that live on the farm.

link to the web site for information/direction to 6219 Harley Rd., Middletown, MD
e-mail to contact me if you have questions about the show


Monday, October 5, 2015

Step By Step

 I was trying to put together a quick video of a step by step of using the watercolor crayons and pastels. The resolution looks like it might be too low but I can't really check this till it is published so once I see how it looks I may be doing this over again.

It is a step by step of the great horned owl. Watercolor crayons are the background, water is sprayed on the crayons to allow them to melt. Adjusting the crayons, colors, and spray again with water and alcohol. Allow to dry completely before adding pastel. Pastels will work as a wet medium but for this project I wanted a dry surface for the line work and details of the feathers.

If you have additional questions please feel free to email me. lhp5536@aol.com

This piece will be at the Fine Arts in the Valley show Oct.17-18-24-25th - 6219 Harley Rd., Middletown, MD http://www.fineartsinthevalley.wix.com/fav

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Bounty

It is autumn and I just finished the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. Some of the 30 are graphite sketches, ideas, the seeds of a new painting. During the month of September I watched these seedlings grown into finished pieces. While thinking of a title for the blog, fall, harvest, ah, bounty came to mind. The generous and kind words I received for this large amount of work I put forth to share with everyone.
Bounty - noun - good things that are given or provided freely and in large amounts. Something that is given generously. Etymology: Middle English bounte "goodness" Latin bonus "good".

I hope you enjoy the bounty of my art. These challenges are good for me, helping me to work everyday, even if it is just a quick study. Setting the time aside to do the work, cleaning my study to have a space to work and framing so I can sell the work. All good things.

The large full tree piece will be on display at the NOMA gallery Grand Opening, Saturday, October 3rd from 5:00 - 8:00. Many of the other works will be at the Fine Arts in the Valley show opening October 17th running 18th - 24th and 25th from 11:00 - 5:00. Come on by and see these works finished and framed.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Firsts And Lasts

On this gray rainy morn as I sit with my coffee I was thinking about the new beginning and final shows coming up in October. Doing the 30 - 30 keeps me very aware of how fast this month passed, by making art everyday. Still working on the framing but plan to have the 30 - 30 pieces at the Fine Arts in the Valley show. Well, those that have not sold, a couple are gone. Plus, have at least 3 that are in process that will be after the 30-30. Some will be framed, some I may just put in a portfolio, and yes they are for sale.

The Fine Arts in the Valley at Country Pleasures Farm and Orchard is a annual show that has taken on a couple different formats. At one point it became the Mountain Laurel Show but then I moved which ended that venue, so we brought back FAV. The FAV show was a tour going from one artists studio to another. Marilu and I shared a couple different barns, the first was at Mar-lu Ridge. Later we moved to Country Pleasures Farm and Orchard. Over the years as the event barn grew with more space and an upstairs loft area we invited the other artists to just join us there making one stop to see all the artists.

This will be the last year for the Fine Arts in the Valley show. We hope that many of you that have been in the past will come and say good-bye. For those of you that have been wanting to come this is your last chance to see us all together as a group. There will be lots of specials going on over the two weekends. Original art give away's - all that is needed is for you to come and make a purchase from any of the artists and your name will go in the drawing. Some of the drawing will take place during the final reception on Oct. 25th from 2-4 and the final drawings will take place at the close of the show. You do not need to be present to win.

On the opposite end our first, the NOMA gallery, will have it's Grand Opening this Saturday, October 3rd from 5-8. This is Historic Downtown Frederick, MD newest gallery. I am part of this new group of artists. While I am up for the FAV show I will be at the NOMA gallery on October 23rd from 4-8 doing a pastel demo. If you can't make it for the opening come on by and see me on the 23rd!

Here are the web sites to FAV & NOMA plus addresses and email if you want to reach out to me for more information.
http://fineartsinthevalley.wix.com/fav - 6219 Harley Road, Middletown, MD
http://www.nomagalleryfrederick.com - 437 N. Market St., Frederick, MD
Sunset at Fine Arts in the Valley at Country Pleasures Farm

View from the warp around deck at the event barn

What's a beltie - hint - Moooo 

Fine Arts in the Valley

                           NOMA gallery - 437 North Market Street, Frederick, Maryland

Saturday, September 26, 2015

What A Difference

Yesterday - Struggling with the tree drawing for the 30-30. I had started this plein aire piece on velour paper during the summer. As I have stated before, the 30-30 challenges help me finish some works that have been sitting there waiting to be put back on the easel. Since, I seem to be in the flow for these long narrow pieces I thought I should finish this one.

Working - I remember why it has been sitting. I really don't like velour paper. What a difference it makes in enjoying the work. I even had problems trying to get a good photo to post. I will take more photos of it with my SLR camera and see how that works.

The difference -  velour paper feels like it sounds, soft, it does not take pastel well in the way that I work, it is delicate, shows marks. On the plus side, it is often used for animals as it does have a soft stroke that lends itself to fur. You may ask, why do I use it? I had some left over from workshops.

Completion - Generally not hung up on needing to complete something if it isn't working. The little tree piece actually had a nice start, toned the background, sketch was in place, just needed to add the autumn colors. This is when it came back to me why I don't use the velour surface. I use medium to hard pastels and finish with touches of soft. Applying the pastel moving around the tree I would look back at a section and it seemed like the pastel was disappearing. With the velour paper the pastel seems to sink a bit in-between the textural surface, causing you to add another layer.

Today - Moving back to the watercolor paper and Rives BFK which is calling. I have a larger long format root piece that has been in progress this month. My hope is that I will have it finish for the 30th piece - we shall see.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

All Decked Out

When I am done with a painting it is not really complete until it is framed. The mat and a frame can add the finishing touches to a piece and just make it look all decked out.

The down side is I do the framing. I cut the mats, order the frames. Long ago I would assemble the frames too but just not enough hours in the day so now I get them assemble. I use local stores for glass, not a fan of cutting glass. I order mat board by the case, cut the mats and tend to order the frames on line using American Companies. 

I have been trying to do a little framing in-between doing the art or vise-versa. Yesterday was more framing then art. No matter how hard you try to keep the framing area clean there is always at least one spot on the glass as you put your artwork in the frame. I always check to make sure before putting the backing on the frame. It is those little tiny things that will just push you over the edge. 

I must say it is looking good for shows and galleries this fall. Lots of new work and more to come.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Day I Got To Pet A Rhino

Today is World Rhino Day - bringing awareness to the Rhinoceros, encouraging conservation and protection. There are many places all over the world doing something special today and throughout the weekend. If you are so incline check them out.

As I was thinking about the rhinos it reminded me of Out of Africa. Rick arranged a back of the house tour of this rescue - conservation center in AZ. They take in animals from zoos, circuses, shows, and even from people that think having a wild animal as a pet is a good idea. One of the animals they house is Jericho (Rhinocerotidae) Southern White Rhinoceros. We had a up close and personal with him. Like all of us he likes to be touched and surprisingly he has a softer hide then you would think.

My heart goes out to gentle giants, to all animals, on four, two feet, more or none. Everything, everyone is connected and to keep balance we all need some love and protection. Here are a few photos of the rhinos I have painted, a photo of Jericho and one from Africa were they truly should roam free and without fear of poachers.

South Africa

Jericho in AZ

Zambia, Zambezi River 

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